29 March 2012

Lasers lead the way in additive manufacturing

  • Sector: Laser Additive Manufacturing
  • Location: Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park, Coventry CV2 2TF
  • Attendees: All welcome


AILU one-day additive manufacturing technology workshop with presentations and an exhibition

About this workshop

The UK has a thriving community in Additive Manufacturing (AM) and this event will provide an insight into current developments and their future impact.

AM potentially offers large improvements in performance through enhanced design capability, with reduced cost and material consumption. Additive is an extremely hot topic at the moment, with sectors such as Aerospace and Medical leading the way, other areas of application are looking to benefit from the advances made. The AM approach involves the creation of structures via the addition of material, usually layer-by-layer. A variety of techniques can be utilised to achieve this, many of which are based around laser technology.

This event will address the current state-of-the-art in AM. It highlights case studies of success and the current technical barriers and other restrictions to successful commercialisation. AM requires that participants have a very broad skills base from materials, material testing and processing knowledge, to design, CAD and mechanical engineering skills. It is the intention of the organisers to at least touch upon all of these topics.

Although laser AM will be a focus, the competition of energy sources such as electron beams and arc-based equipment will also be covered.

For this event we have brought together academic specialists and researchers in many disciplines with commercial users in laser and non-laser AM technologies to present their current views of the topic and present their latest work. The day will include lots of opportunities for discussion and questioning. Delegates will be able to assess the different processes, latest developments in commercially available systems, the products and applications for which AM that can be exploited and the potential benefits of AM technology to their organisation in addressing today’s manufacturing challenges.

The workshop is being held in the new Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Ansty Park, Coventry. The MTC represents a unique collaboration between the University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University and TWI Ltd, and its founding members include Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Aero Engine Controls, amongst others. It is also one of the centres that form part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.  It provides a most interesting, spacious and comfortable venue for AILU's first workshop of 2012.

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Chair: Rob Scudamore (TWI)

Rob Scudamore joined TWI in May 2000 and has recently been appointed as an Associate Director. Rob has been heavily involved with Lasers for many years and now manages the Electron Beam, Friction and Laser Processes Group. He has run projects involving laser deposition, laser welding, hybrid laser/arc welding, and transmission welding of plastics. He has been actively involved in laser additive, including Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM) of various metals, including high temperature materials, for repair and original build.

Who should attend

One of the key features of the annual AILU AM workshop is the opportunity it provides for delegates to meet with the presenters and with one another: the MTC Coventry is the ideal venue providing a comfortable environment. There is a generous lunch and refreshment breaks and a table top exhibition.
Delegates to this workshop will include industry specialists, users and researchers in additive manufacturing and attendance will be valuable to anyone with an interest in material processing, especially:

  • Engineers and managers from manufacturing industry looking to enhance production capabilities or simply to keep abreast of the latest developments.
  • Job shop owners looking for new technology pathways and new opportunities in small batch manufacturing runs for the engineering sector.
  • Researchers in materials and in laser materials processing.


08:15 - 09:00 Registration and refreshments
09:00 - 10:20 Session 1

Rob Scudamore Chair, TWI

Keynote presentation
Multifunctional Additive Manufacturing
Richard Hague,   Loughborough University

Bionic designs in SLS - A current effort to design a product
and its quality
Steve Rommel,   Fraunhofer IPA, Germany

Laser Additive Manufacture: A view on applications
Emma Ashcroft,   TWI

Cost effective & efficient remanufacturing
David Wimpenny,   Manufacturing Technology Centre

10:40 - 11:10 Refreshment break and exhibition
11:10 - 13:00 Session 2

Keynote presentation
Challenges & potential for achieving widespread adoption of Additive Manufacturing in aerospace
Jonathan Meyer,   EADS

Powder bed power source - Laser or electron beam?
Jeff Allen,   Rolls-Royce

Additive Manufacture: From lab to production
Iain Todd,   University of Sheffield

Towards Additive Manufacture of functionally graded metal
matrix ceramic composites
Adam Clare,   Nottingham University

LMD with disk- and diode lasers
Jürgen Metzger,   Trumpf GmbH, Germany

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch & EXHIBITION
14:00 - 15:30 Session 3

A Renishaw perspective on additive manufacturing
Stephen Crownshaw,   Renishaw

Laser Sintering - current status and it’s place in
sustainable manufacturing
Stuart Jackson,   Electro Optical Systems (EOS)

Quality and precision in Additive Manufacturing
Hadi Zarringhalam,   Materials Solutions

Lightweight and complex part design for Additive
Phil Kilburn,   3T RPD

15:30 - 16:10 Tour of the MTC

MTC specialises in a range of manufacturing processes that are particularly important to the High Value Manufacturing sector: net shape manufacturing; intelligent automation; advanced tooling and fixturing; high integrity electronics manufacturing; computerised engineering (modelling and simulation) and high integrity fabrication.


The workshop will be held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park, Coventry, CV2 2TF, which has been set up in response to the Government's manufacturing strategy 'Manufacturing: New Challenges, New Opportunities', to support manufacturing businesses in their pursuit of world-class performance. The MTC has been developed   The Centre aims to establish an ambitious new vision for a globally competitive manufacturing sector that leads the world in capturing higher value components of the global value chain. For more information click here.


On arrival you will receive a delegate pack containing a name badge and essential notes for the day, including a detailed programme and a delegate list. The pack will also include a name and password for downloading PDFs of the presentations, which will be made available on the AILU web site as soon as possible after the event.

A buffet lunch (including vegetarian options) will be provided together with refreshments throughout the day. Please advise us of any special dietary needs.


The exhibition, refreshment and lunch breaks will all take place in The Street, a wide ground floor corridor adjacent to the seminar room. There are spaces for 10 exhibition tables, each 1.8 m long. Exhibitors can bring their own backdrop but the 1.8 m limit will be strictly applied. Tables (~1.8 x 0.75 m) can be hired if booked at least 1 week in advance. Most spaces have 240V mains power. Access to the building is from 07:30 on the day. All exhibition material must to be brought in through the main entrance.


The Manufacturing Technology Centre is adjacent to Junction 2 of the M6.

Air: Birmingham and Coventry international airports are 16 and 7 miles away, respectively.
Rail: Coventry mainline station is 5 miles away. The Ansty Park x30 bus departs from the train station.
Car: The venue is close to junction 2 of the M6 and the end of the M69 motorway. Set Sat Nav systems by GPS coordinates: 52.432886, -1.413288. At entrance of car park press the intercom to raise the barrier. At the entrance to the car park, press the intercom button to raise the barrier.  For full directions by road visit the event page on the AILU web site or

Click here for full directions to the venue and a map


There are lots of hotels in Coventry and near the M6 junction 2, including theHoliday Inn (0871 423 4917) and Premier Inn Coventry (0871 5278266). For more hotels in Coventry please click here


To register for the event please complete the registration form on the flyer or (NEW!) register online at Alternatively, members of AILU and/or the Micro:Nano Special Interest Group need only give their name by phone or email (T: 01235 539595; E:

AILU members and members of supporting organisations for this event receive a registration discount. Delegates who pay the full price and who decide to join the Association within 10 weeks of the event will receive this discount on their first year’s corporate membership subscription. For further information on membership go to and look for the link to ‘about us’.

The AILU desk will be available throughout the day to arrange informal introductions with appropriate experts at the workshop, for discussions on any technical or business matters that delegates would like to raise.

Registration fees

  • AILU and supporting organisation members: GBP 160 plus VAT
  • Non members: GBP 200 plus VAT
  • Concessions: GBP 70 incl VAT (retired, unemployed); GBP 45 incl VAT (full time students)
  • Exhibitor (AILU and supporting organisation member): GBP 155 plus VAT
  • Exhibitor (non-member): GBP 195 plus VAT
  • The first delegate of any organisation that exhibits will receive a discount of GBP 50 plus VAT

Fee includes a delegate pack.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.

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AILU reserves the right to alter the programme or cancel the meeting at short notice and accepts no responsibility for the views expressed by the speakers or delegates.

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